Lotus F1 Team deputy principal Federico Gastaldi believes that this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix will play into the hands of the team’s drivers, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
While both drivers managed to get their cars to the finish last time out at the Italian Grand Prix, the high-speed Monza circuit was always going to showcase the weaknesses of the team’s E22 challenger. Both Grosjean and Maldonado struggled throughout the weekend, failing to make it beyond the Q1 qualifying cut as the car struggled on the track’s long straights.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Gastaldi was confident that the tight and twisty nature of the Marina Bay Circuit would better suit both cars and drivers. The team last scored a points’ finish at the Monaco Grand Prix (Grosjean’s eighth-placed finish), the classic street circuit race which bears the closest similarities to this weekend’s race.
“Monza was always going to be very hard for us,” Gastaldi said.
“Singapore should see an improvement in pace as the track characteristics will suit us more. The drivers are fighters and they really enjoy street circuits, so I think we have the potential to extract a good level of performance from the E22 there. Pastor and Romain will have a stronger package relative to Monza, so I am sure they will grasp this and make the most of it.
“Pastor drove a very strong race at Monza. He had a great start and his pace was pretty good throughout. I thought he dealt with some difficult circumstances very well during the whole event. He had the measure of the Saubers and brought the car home in a solid finishing position. It was also nice to get both of our cars to the finish line, especially after some technical issues in recent races. Romain had a few concerns, including other cars hitting him, but we take some satisfaction in getting more data and ensuring we can go to Singapore hopeful of a much stronger overall weekend.”
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